DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - Million Dollar Quartet is a hit musical inspired by the greatest jam session ever. On December 4, 1956, four legendary musicians stopped by Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, for a one time recording session.
Carl Perkins(Lee Ferris), Jerry Lee Lewis(Martin Kaye), Johnny Cash(Derek Keeling), and Elvis Presley(Cody Slaughter) all began their careers at the one room recording studio called Sun Records.
Sun Records was run by the innovator, Sam Phillips(Christopher Ryan Grant), who saw the unique talent in each young musician. Phillips takes us through the role he played nurturing each one of the legends.
The play highlights each musician's experience and their first encounter with Sun Records and the struggle to separate from Sam Phillips.
The musical score features numerous hits including, "Blue Suede Shoes," "Walk the Line," "Hound Dog," and "Great Balls of Fire."
The Million Dollar Quartet has the audience joining the musicians in song throughout the show. The show is one hour and forty minutes and performed without an intermission.
The last twenty minutes is an explosion of fabulous rock and roll which brings the crowd to their feet and with a "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." The musical is a must see rock and roll history lesson and it was a big hit on opening night in Detroit.
Million Dollar Quartet is at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit through February 05, 2012